The 4th Industrial Revolution – Don’t Get Left Behind

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The 4th Industrial Revolution – Don’t Get Left Behind

I recently had the opportunity to train some highly motivated students in the Northern Cape, up-skilling them in Autodesk software. I enjoyed it tremendously as it ties in with a personal belief of mine that the future lies in technology, specifically harnessing Artificial Intelligence and the cloud, and our ability to adapt to more frequent change. Autodesk is at the bleeding edge of this technology, and as a trainer for Micrographics (an Autodesk Gold Partner), I am proud to be associated with their efforts. Autodesk puts its money where its mouth is, providing free educational licences for students and unlimited cloud credits!

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Watch an interview with Bloomberg TV Canada’s Amanda Lang, where Mike Haley, Senior Director of Machine Learning with Autodesk, explains how the cloud and AI are used in design.

http://bloombergtv.ca/shows/bloomberg-north/bloomberg-north-episode/?epid=597&sgid=1

Although I knew that Autodesk was involved in the Future of Manufacturing and Design, the import of the 4th Revolution only really made itself plain to me when I learned that some Artificial Intelligence financial trading platforms were taking on High Frequency algorithms in the stock market.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-06/silicon-valley-hedge-fund-takes-on-wall-street-with-ai-trader

Barak Obama weighed in on the Artificial Intelligence debate during an interview with MIT, highlighting the new social responsibility to accommodate the new reality for a wealth of workers who will either lose their jobs or suffer suppressed wages.

https://www.wired.com/2016/10/president-obama-mit-joi-ito-interview/

The 4th Industrial revolution has enjoyed the attention of the World Economic Forum. Note how the wealth is now being concentrated in the top one percent (as opposed to the top 10).

https://www.weforum.org/focus/the-fourth-industrial-revolution

 

Some further insights were given on this by the Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/economics-blog/2016/jan/24/4th-industrial-revolution-brings-promise-and-peril-for-humanity-technology-davos

A key observation of Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, is that “The changes are so profound that, from the perspective of human history, there has never been a time of greater promise or potential peril. My concern, however, is that decision makers are too often caught in traditional, linear (and non-disruptive) thinking or too absorbed by immediate concerns to think strategically about the forces of disruption and innovation shaping our future.”

Read some more relevant news items from Autodesk:

http://www.autodesk.com/company/newsroom/overview

It is the responsibility of all of us to make sure nobody is left behind. Micrographics is here to help do just that. Speak to us about how we can help you adapt to the changing technological environment. We provide training, hardware and support and a myriad other services that may be of interest.

By | 2017-05-24T12:12:21+00:00 March 20th, 2017|

About the Author:

After concurrently manufacturing for the Radar EW industry and reading incompletely toward Mechanical Engineering at Stellenbosch University, I realigned toward the Architectural. Today I support the AEC professions in Cape Town as an Application Engineer for a Gold Autodesk Reseller in South Africa called Micrographics. I support and facilitate training on the following software platforms: Revit (Architectural, Structural and MEP); Civil3D; AutoCAD; SANSCalc and Lumion.